Displaying articles for: October 2011

Nixon's Court

A new interpretation of the former president's judicial policy.

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The Sense of an Ending

The Man Booker Prize-winning novel revolves around an unreliable narrator confronting secrets from his past.

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1Q84

The epic story of a young woman who slips between realities.

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Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact

A paranormal private school novel that defies post-Harry Potter expectations.

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Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark

A new life -- and new collection -- of a film critic whose influence has yet to fade.

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The Secret in Their Eyes

The solution to a murder is overlaid with shadows from Argentina's darkest years.

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Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism

A history of the charming intellectual's role in nailing together the American conservative movement.

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Crossbones

Two brothers enter the war-torn expanse of Somalia in search of answers.

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The Complete Jean Vigo

A new collection celebrates the exuberant anarchist of film.

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Tacitus and Tiberius

Ancient wisdom regarding corrupt rulers and Roman virtue.

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The Third Industrial Revolution

Will the salvation of the global economy come from a thousand points of light?

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Zone One

A new novel about the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse.

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The Marriage Plot

The new novel from the author of Middlesex combines Victorian concerns with postmodern play.

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The Great Leader

On the trail of a sex offender, one aging detective must confront his own appetites.

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The Keats Brothers

A new life of the poet explores the unsung role his sibling George played in John's creative development.

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Believing Is Seeing

The Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker explores the nature of truth in photographs.

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My Song

The "King of Calypso" recounts a life of achievements and activism.

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44 Bookers in 25 Words (Each)

A look back at past recipients in anticipation of the announcement of a new Man Booker Prize winner.

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The Barbarian Nurseries

A vibrant novel that captures the tumult of Los Angeles in one maid's search for answers.

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The Stranger's Child

The author of The Line of Beauty turns to the Great War and the myth of the poet-soldier.

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The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America

Before the big-box stores, there was one retailer that dwarfed the competition.

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MetaMaus

The creator of the groundbreaking graphic memoir offers a version of a director's commentary track

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Backward Ran Sentences: The Best of Wolcott Gibbs from The New Yorker

A new collection showcases a sharp-tongued, prolific voice from The New Yorker's glory days.

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Luminous Airplanes

A new novel extends its narrator's search, heading off the page and into the digital wilds.

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The Cat's Table

The story of one boy's nautical journey blurs the line between autobiography and invention.

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When She Woke

A novelist imagines a brave new world of religious crimes—and color-coded punishment.

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Did a poem discovered by an Italian book collector make the Renaissance possible?

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July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).